We are complying with her request and have removed all her quotes. To see the DMCA takedown, please click here. I wonder if the slew of negative reviews is in any way responsible for this silliness. View all 60 comments. Apr 13, veganjilly rated it it was amazing Shelves: I just finished this book last night, and I was blown away by it.
This is easily going to be the best book that I will read this year, and is going in my top 10 list of best fiction books of all time! Excellent fiction is not always easy to come by. I don't mind mediocre reads from time to time, but it is SO GREAT to be totally stunned by an indescribably excellent book every once in awhile! For one thing, this book is so well-written.
The author has a beautiful way with words, and her descriptions are eloquent and lovely. There was a seamless flow to this book that was exquisite. Nothing was choppy or out of place; the rhythm, pacing, and phrases used flowed so effortlessly that I was never distracted by the writing or the language as sometimes happens in fiction. Because of this, I was able to get completely lost in this world; and boy was I!
Also, the characters were strong and interesting. Knowing that this is the first in what is supposed to be a trilogy, you get a good base understanding of the main and supporting characters with the full knowledge that a deeper relationship with them will come as the story continues to unfold. I have read a few reviews that say the beginning of this book is boring; I did not find it so.
I was instantly mesmerized and drawn in. I knew that the author was setting the stage for all that was to come, and while it may seem slow at first, you will be very grateful as you continue in the book. Once I got into the "thick" of things, I was grateful to have waded through the beginning, as it gave me a strong foundation for all of the character developments and plot twists that arose throughout the story. Now I have to wait for the next book! However will I do that?!?! I tend to get very emotionally involved with books and characters that I love; I already miss spending time with these characters and I am desperate to continue living in their magical world!
Harkness, I am under your spell, please put me out of my misery and publish the next installment soon!!!! Since I first read this book and posted the above review, I have read the book 23 times. Finished my 24th re-read. View all 34 comments. Feb 14, Kat Hooper rated it did not like it. Diana Bishop, descendant of the famous Bridget Bishop of Salem, Massachusetts, turned her back on her natural powers after her parents were killed when she was a child.
Instead, she relied on her brain power, went to Oxford and Yale, and became a well-known researcher in the field of history of science. But when she calls the book known as Ashmole from the stacks, she can feel its power and she can see hidden writing moving on its pages. After reading the blurbs about A Discovery of Witches, this was a book I was eagerly waiting for. I love academic settings especially Oxford , old libraries, and the blend of history and science. And I did enjoy much of A Discovery of Witches for this reason. Diana Bishop is an urban fantasy heroine that I can relate to.
I understood her goals and interests and the way that her focus on academic pursuits makes her slightly awkward and absent-minded elsewhere. Thus, A Discovery of Witches had a lot of potential for me, but there were three problems that sapped my enjoyment: The first is that the book is simply way too long. With nearly pages to work with, Deborah Harkness should have been able to get these interesting ideas farther off the ground. I was frustrated that, by the end, it had become clear that A Discovery of Witches is the first novel in a series. In this first installment, Harkness carefully develops the characters and sets up the romance.
There is a lot of sitting in the library, hanging around various houses, talking, drinking tea, and eating. The story covers only about a month of time and I think I witnessed nearly everything Diana ate and drank during that month. Vampires are just not sexy to me and I had a hard time believing that an overprotective, angry, admittedly murderous vampire would be attractive to an independently-minded academic.
Not to mention that his body is cold and his heart beats only rarely. He even binds her with an oath without her permission. I find this kind of behavior in a courting male insufferable. In some ways, A Discovery of Witches felt like Twilight for middle-aged academics. The most unbelievable part of the entire romance, though is that [removed spoiler — Read it here.
Magic in this world seems arbitrary. I truly enjoyed the first part of A Discovery of Witches — the relatable heroine, the university setting, the focus on the history of science.
But once the romance got going and we left Oxford, A Discovery of Witches lost its charm. View all 26 comments. At first, I really thought this was going to be at least a 4 star book. It was interesting and full of detail! Then suddenly, it wasn't. Wasn't interesting, that is. Oh, it was still full of detail, don't worry. Details about how they appreciatively sniffed wine. Details about different kinds of tea.
Details about the layouts of old buildings. Details about rugs and furniture. And just when I started to think I couldn't take it anymore After pages I don't give a shit what it smelled like! But it was too little, too late. Let me rephrase that, it was too much , too late. Suddenly there were huge info dumps, which would have been great had they been spaced out over the entire book.
It looks like this is a trilogy, but I seriously doubt I'm going to attempt to read any more of these. It looks like the author did a lot of research to bring this book to life, but it just wasn't for me. I'd recommend this to someone who enjoys slow-paced books with a lot of attention to detail. View all 92 comments. Mar 02, Sarah Kelsey rated it it was ok Shelves: I haven't encountered you for a few books.
Now I know where you've been keeping yourself. I struggled to finish this novel. The book started out so well with an interesting protagonist, a bibliophile's dream setting, and wonderful descriptions of illustrated manuscripts. The plot tugs at the small thread of 'paranormalcy' in the protagonist's life, and everything goes south from there.
They leave England and go to France, and nothing good ever seems to happen in France. Why does she go to France? One might well wonder. It's because her wine connoisseur, yoga master, Oxford fellow, French and vampire boyfriend takes her there. Edward- er, I mean Matthew becomes her very protective vampire husband and, in spite of the fact that his list of superlative credentials continues to grow, this superman's top priority seems to be feeding her and giving her foot massages.
Apparently he has nothing better to do. Ah, ladies, what an impossible standard we set for our heroes. Please remember that next time you cuss out a model for being too skinny. My biggest problem with this story isn't the love interest, though he's pretty difficult to stomach; it's the conflict development around the protagonist. Diana, our heroine, suddenly gets what amounts to unlimited power about halfway into the book, power which she sometimes uses and some times does not.
This is not clear. The weak explanation for this is that she is panicked on some occasions and uncertain on others. This contrasts jarringly with the fact that Superman continually tells her how brave and decisive she is, and she does occasionally act bravely and decisively. She seems to have sudden attacks of damsel-in-distress, an affliction which does not follow from her other behaviors or her internal monologue. It's understandable why the author has to do this; she's made her protagonist omnipotent.
Without these character anomalies, the text has no conflict and the plot is broken. However, with these anomalies, the main character is broken. This book is fundamentally flawed. What I did love about this book were the descriptions of the texts and the settings. The author does a lovely job bringing to life the various settings and props of her story. The text suggest that quite a substantial amount of research provides the foundation for this story, and I hope that's true.
Not being a scholar of medieval manuscripts, I don't know. Nothing stood out as a glaring error to me, and what little bit I did recognize meshed with what I knew. The book is clearly set up for a sequel, probably a trilogy. In future installments I hope the author puts some limits and rules on the protagonist's power, especially if they explain some of her erratic choices in the first novel. It's too late to fix the saccharine plasticity of the protagonist and her man, but perhaps this is targeting just romance readers who are used to slapping Edward Cullen's romantic perfection onto Fabio's physique and sliding a couple of PhD's and a stock portfolio into his back pocket.
It could have been so much more than that. I would certainly consider reading a Harkness book again. It's obvious from this book that the woman knows how to write. I'd just prefer a little less perfection in the central characters. View all 21 comments. Rabid Reads This book. Have you ever liked something almost against your will? Something that encompasses roughly half of the things you hate in reference to said thing? Welcome to my life. What can be construed as insta-love.
Get a room, already. But none of those things are an issue here. By the time it becomes obvious that, yes, these two feel more for each other than trepidation and annoyance, enough time has elapsed to almost warrant the depth of emotion, and the rest can be chalked up to fate, animal instinct, mating imperative, etc.
A super, special snowflake who denies her super, special snowflakeness. Not only is Diana the last in a powerful line of matriarchal witches, her father was a powerful warlock in his own right. So powerful that a union between her mother and father was strongly discouraged by the powers that be.
But when her parents were killed when Diana was seven, she assumes their deaths were the result of their abilities and refuses to have anything to do with magic. Super, secret information withholding. And this is perhaps the one I have the hardest time with. I cannot stand it when someone in a position of authority, older, more experienced, etc. I now know why I like this book despite the major book peeves lurking around every corner. And besides those peeves getting passes, A Discovery of Witches is just entertaining.
It might have taken me awhile to like Diana, but I instantly respected her, and I was as gone for Matthew as she was the moment he showed up. Lots of bookish fun in this book. The second that Matthew and Diana show up at her childhood home, I could not put the book down. The house is sentient and highly opinionated. A couple of new secondaries show up, one of which is absolutely darling. This book is awesome, just read it. View all 59 comments. Feb 16, Amanda rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Recommended to Amanda by: In A Discovery of Witches , we clueless humans have no idea that we share our world with witches, vampires and daemons creatures whose manic bursts of creativity result in some of the world's greatest artistic works.
One would certainly think so. So, what kind of shenanigans does this preternatural lot get up to while we live our ordinary lives? Behold the books that shall be read! Thrill to the revelation that trips to the library will be made time and time again In A Discovery of Witches , we clueless humans have no idea that we share our world with witches, vampires and daemons creatures whose manic bursts of creativity result in some of the world's greatest artistic works.
Thrill to the revelation that trips to the library will be made time and time again! Gasp as cups of warm tea are made and consumed! Swoon as vampires are repeatedly described as smelling of baked goods! And grip the edge of your seat for the most bizarre yoga-scene in the history of the written word! Vampires, witches, and daemons aren't like you and me--in fact, our lives are infinitely more interesting than theirs. Seriously, what the hell is this? The best I can tell is that it's Twilight for grown-ups. And I can't believe I'm going to say this, but here it goes: Suddenly vampires playing baseball during thunderstorms seems down right genius compared to vampires attending a supernatural yoga class.
You want to drain all the sex appeal right out of your vampiric leading man? Just mention him doing some peculiar yoga move where he seems to be holding himself up vertically from the floor by nothing but his ear. And then prattle on about how he's cold. And always has his hands stuffed in his charcoal trousers. And gets ridiculously enraged every time someone mentions blood because.
And how he maintains control of himself by always grasping the talisman he wears beneath his some-shade-of-grey sweater. And then have him ply the witch he is inexplicably drawn to with hundreds of bottles of wine and query her as to what every single one tastes like. Now there's a live wire! Diana Bishop spends her days running, rowing, yoga-ing? Oh, and never using her magic because she wants to be just like us. Well, actually, she does use her magic every now and then, but only when it's really important.
Like fixing her washing machine or getting a book off of a really high shelf. But other than that, it's all ixnay on the magic-ay. At pages in, I decided I couldn't stomach it any more. After all, up to that point, I had already been treated to a baker's dozen of the same basic scene: It's like freaking Groundhog Day without Bill Murray.
And Groundhog Day ain't shit without Bill Murray. And neither is A Discovery of Witches. When I decided I had a life to live, Matthew was fervently explaining how daemons, witches, and vampires might be going extinct! To which I can only ask, so what's the problem? Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder View all 58 comments.
Nov 06, seak rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I tried really hard, but wow this book was boring. I think it's because I've done way too much academic research in my 20 years of schooling to ever find it remotely entertaining. I think the part where the witches, vampires, demons, etc. Okay, it's probably more of a calm indifference, but had I wasted any more time this would be more fitt I tried really hard, but wow this book was boring. Okay, it's probably more of a calm indifference, but had I wasted any more time this would be more fitting.
View all 44 comments. Dec 05, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beyond what I said in my original review, I really enjoyed all the interwoven devices that carry all the way through all three books. I knew I'd enjoy a re-read even as I finished the third book since there are so many great historical details as well as more developed characters, later on, but I think I may have enjoyed this novel more this time around purely for its own sake. Just knowing what happens at the end and where Diana winds up is good enough to chortle over, all by itself. The next is pure historical fiction, of course.
What a surprising find. Sure, I expected a decent urban fantasy, but I hadn't expected a tome redolent of history, alchemy, and even Templar conspiracies. In retrospect, I wish that all urban fantasy novels had more history and alchemy and Templar conspiracies. The past is rich and full of just as much intrigue as anything we've got today, after all, and denying the fact won't make so many modern novels better.
It's true that I expected a novel with a scholarly feel, and it's equally true that I expected a witch with equal parts frailty and overpowered magic, but unlike a number of completely unfair reviews, I didn't have a problem with characters that displayed actual human complexities.
The overpowered magic was nothing of the sort. I saw a novel-long setup and decent foreshadowing. The time in the novel is ripe for a big change, and I love the story's fearlessness. I'm fully invested in each and every character that has shown up and feel how alive they are. The novel deserves high praise much thought. At this point, I'm pretty sure we're seeing the re birth of a goddess, and the ride is as important as the destination.
The writing is so finely honed that I have no problems at all with the introduction of new power and new twists because even at the very beginning there were finely woven threads that reinforced all revelations. I can't wait to read the next two. View all 42 comments. Nov 06, mark monday rated it did not like it Shelves: Harkness, were you being paid by the word or something? View all 29 comments. Though it doesn't beat the Harry Potter series and nothing ever will , it sure is up there in the running with my favorites.
Have I found a new series after Potter? Well, I won't get too carried away, but this book is one of my favorites. I have only two complaints about this book. The more the book went on, the better it got, and the more I couldn't stop reading. I felt like I was in a rut during the middle, but that one thing happened and I kept on trucking, thankfully. The second is the fact that Diana Bishop, having a P. D, seemed immature and naive during a couple parts of the book.
But, I'm sure she will grow as a person throughout the next two books. I have read many reviews regarding this book and at some point they irritate me: Yes, there are some points in the book where the romance seems a bit "Twilight-y. If you've read Twilight, you may or may not compare the romance to it, but I feel that Diana and Matthew's relationship was far less awkward, more natural, and sweet.
Meyer would have taken some advice from our dear old Deborah. Moving on from my soap-box, the book was fascinating. The author included so much historic detail that I, a fellow historian, also love and strive to learn about. Her explanations and enormous amounts of detail provided awesome imagery that really helped me read and cherish the book. I loved it, the characters, and the complete storyline; and until the next book, I will be hanging on by a thin thread. View all 15 comments. Upon reflection, some of my initial comments were a little too fangirl in style and my initial reference to Twilight was being misconstrued or used to make a point..
After many years and quite a few rereadings of this book, my enthusiasm for it has not waned, but I can appreciate why it troubles some readers. I believe one can be a thinking, modern and independent woman and yet still appreciate a male character who pos [In the interests of full disclosure, I edited this review in September I believe one can be a thinking, modern and independent woman and yet still appreciate a male character who possesses the chivalry and courtliness and, at times, chauvinism of another time.
I love many different genres of books, but books like this really get me excited; they take me out of myself, to a world that my rational brain tells me doesn't exist, but which my heart whispers could be right under my nose. I stayed up until after 1am two nights in a row to read more of this book and was even almost late back to work at lunchtime, because I was so completely absorbed in it. I even forwent an evening meal to finish it. A Discovery of Witches is one of the most enjoyable books that I have read in a very long time and I loved the feeling of being completely submerged in a different life and a different world.
I really liked Diana and admired her verve and athleticism, so different from my own book-worm, sedentary nature. I am also fascinated by the idea of being a historian of science and feel like I was cheated out of the belief that I could be anything as a teenager! Reading this book was so satisfying and I felt that I was getting just the right mix of romance, adventure, history, character development and magic.
I don't know how I will contain myself until the release of the next book, as I am quite apprehensive about the "trip" Matthew and Diana embarked upon at the end of the book. If you have a taste for the supernatural tempered by real life choices and adult dilemmas, then you are in for a treat of the best kind in reading this book.
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It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. The world is huge and the author not only takes us around the world but also tells us about its history through the Book of Life. The protagonist of the story has distanced herself from her magic and any other supernatural concept in the world after she lost her parents as a child. The protagonist, Diana Bishop, is one of the Bishop witches, a very well known family of witches. But ever since she was a child Diana could never cast a proper spell and her powers never seemed to have truly manifested.
She is a history professor, a scholar, who has won quite a few awards, and is now dabbling in alchemy. One day, Diana Bishop calls a magic book, Ashmole , from the Bodleian library, not knowing its significance. The book, Ashmole , also known as the Book of Origins is coveted by all 3 magical and supernatural species. Witches, vampires, and daemons have all lived lives separate from each other unbeknownst to humans who live in blissful ignorance.
Whenever two or more of their kind are around humans they tend to draw attention but human disbelief covers it up. Once the book of life was called witches, vampires, and daemons are following Diana to figure out how she called on a book no one has seen for centuries and each of them want to make it their own with a desperate need to make it to the top of the food chain. And as always we have the cliche paranormal forbidden romance, but I enjoyed it all the same. I feel like at this point there is so much literature out in the world that no matter what you write it will end up being at least slightly cliche in reference to something else.
Anyways, in this book Diana meets Matthew de Clairmont one of the most powerful vampires alive or should I say dead after she finds Ashmole Matthew, like the others, wants to know the contents of the book of life, but not to destroy another species but to find out how to protect them all from extinction as they seem to be getting weaker by every generation. Even the humans introduced in this books and later play a great role in the overall plot. I loved that even though it is a paranormal series the author ignore the human, and technological, aspect of the world and incorporated it in the perfect way.
The de Clermont family hierarchy s fascinating and just gets more interesting and complex through the series. The characteristics of vampire and their habits is explained well and slightly hilarious as the protagonist knows about as much as we do. There is one sentence in the third book that really cracked me up. When I sleep, which is not often, I prefer a bed to a coffin. If you try to stake me, the wood will likely splinter before it enters my skin.
And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled. The first book acts a great introduction to a huge plot behind the scenes and is concluded fabulously in the third book. The characters each have unique personalities and draw out different sides in each other. The story is put down very well and I had a great time making my way through it despite all the new releases vying for my attention.
View all 13 comments. Let me preface this review with me saying that this is my personal opinion. Nothing makes me happier than books making people happy, and if A Discovery of Witches is your favorite book, than I am truly happy for you. Nothing offended me or anything like that, this book was just ungodly boring.
I mean, there is a very alpha vampire in here that marks his territory and claims what h Let me preface this review with me saying that this is my personal opinion. A Discovery of Witches is sort of like an adult Twilight. And the book starts when Diana touches a book unlike any other she has ever touched before. And together, they try to unlock the clues that will tell them about the book that Diana touched that was unlike any other.
At first, I loved the atmosphere.
Oxford, libraries, foggy autumn mornings. I mean, who could resist that? And this was just a chore to read. Every time Diana rowed, or rode a horse, or made tea, or made toast, my eyes just rolled farther back in my head. All of these actions are fine, but once you read about them over times your body just wants to self combust.
In conclusion, the atmosphere was nice and I like how the time frame synced with Halloween, since I was reading this right before Halloween. And it is so damn accurate to the plot of this novel. View all 36 comments. Mar 19, carol. Redeemed only through a nice use of language.
Harlequin romance meets Twilight. Most irritating similarity to Twilight: Yes, that's how strong her moral determination is--looking Redeemed only through a nice use of language.
Yes, that's how strong her moral determination is--looking for a ladder trumps principle. Stereotypes annoy me, and A Discovery of Witches is full of romantic stereotypes. If it starts to feel like you've read it before, it's because you have. Bookish orphaned heroine meets dark, brooding man. Initially annoyed by his arrogance, she segues quickly into accommodation, and then lust. Brooding man finds his thoughts preoccupied with her quiet beauty, with something noticeably sparkly about her, and briefly runs away from their building relationship to come to terms with his past.
Heroine and hero reunite, enjoy brief interlude, attend the most snort-worthy yoga class ever described in literature, then unite to defend their love against others. We are supposed to rave because it's a vampire and witch, and somehow that makes it all different.
She was living "The Dream. D, seemed immature and naive during a couple parts of the book. And together, they try to unlock the clues that will tell them about the book that Diana touched that was unlike any other. Her explanations and enormous amounts of detail provided awesome imagery that really helped me read and cherish the book. The protagonist of the story has distanced herself from her magic and any other supernatural concept in the world after she lost her parents as a child.
Except more than being vampire and witch, they are really doctor-geneticist and historian. I ended up skimming last half of the book just because my book OCD can't stand not knowing the end to a plot. My favorite review on this was done by Amanda: View all 46 comments. Aug 05, Bookdragon Sean rated it liked it Shelves: This could have been a great book.
The series has a lot going for it. The author has achieved a perfect level of magic combined with mystery and academia. But this is very much in a similar vein to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The characters explore libraries yay libraries! The protagonist comes across a very unusual book, a book of magic. The tension is here very early on, the narrative drive is here very on, though it all goe This could have been a great book.
The tension is here very early on, the narrative drive is here very on, though it all goes downhill as the story progresses. She drew me with the enchanting mysteries of magic and books: But I knew there was something odd about it from the moment I collected it. The protagonist Diana Bishop is a witch coming out of the magic closet; she also likes to go rowing, which the author tells us at every opportunity. She happens to be a Dr in science history.
She quickly falls in love with a mystery man she meets at the library; he is shrouded in darkness and secrecy. She becomes enamoured with him. Matthew de Clairmont is an ancient vampire who is also a genetic researcher amongst other things. We hear lots about his prowess as a vampire, but never actually see it. When there was a chance for him to use his abilities, and demonstrate the strength of vampires in this world, he stands back and does nothing.
He becomes a piece of furniture and just watches the action. We later learn that he practices yoga, which just ruins the entire vampire image. How can this guy ever be considered threatening after that? He loses all of the seductive powers of vampirism and enters the realms of weird. There are some good things about this book. The idea of magic behind a world of fact and academic is great. The protagonist goes on to discover what she is capable of in a tale of magic oozing with possibilities.
But, these possibilities are never really fulfilled. She follows him like a little lost dog, for some reason. I wanted to read about a woman who learns about herself and the world through her own willpower not because of the help of an apparently powerful vampire nerd. The narrative is not told in entirely simple prose; there are suggestions of academic language, which, I suppose, reflect the nature of investigating the mystery book found at the beginning.
The main success of this book was its ability to keep me reading. Obviously, I had a few problems with it, but I still wanted to know the answers to the mysteries Harkness posed. It kept me in suspense by not revealing what the characters are completely capable of e. I know there is going to be much, much, more.
The room for character development and new plots is huge. The next book could go anywhere. And because of that I read it with the hope that the characters would improve and that the mysteries would remain. Without the libraries, mystery and books, this book would have been a complete disaster rather than a partial one. View all 5 comments. I read this book back in I marked it five stars. I put it on my favorites list.
I'm hunting Shelby down to kick her ass. I wanted so much to enjoy this. I'm reading it with some of the bestest people.. I just give up. Book you got kicked off the favorite list. View all 56 comments. Mar 08, Steve L rated it did not like it.
A Discovery of a Crappy Book. This book is terrible. Why oh why were the stupid witches discovered. Here is the plot: I went to the library. I am a witch; he is a vampire. I shouldn't love him. But he is so cold and I am so hot for him. I had lunch and did some yoga. Some people may or may not have been there, and they may or may not have been magical.
I had lunch A Discovery of a Crappy Book. Today's book glowed when I touched it. At the top of the lift, I turned my head and saw a small blue sign, one I had seen a million times before:. I knew it right then. I needed to raise my metaphorical restraining devices and take a leap. Most quests usually contain trials or difficulties. Were there any low points in your journey? If yes, how did you manage to persevere? I lost one ski in the backcountry in Japan.
It was a dangerous day and it shook me up. To get over it, I skied. I learned not to underestimate myself. I no longer fear change and even when I have it good, I try to push for great. The quest gave me the validation I needed to leave behind the parts of me that were no longer useful and to really grab hold of what my true strengths, talents, and gifts are. If you did, what would be the point?
In the ten months I was gone, I slept in 65 beds; boarded 31 flights, including one helicopter; skied in 45 different resorts; visited 9 varieties of healers; used one pair of very trusty ski boots; and washed my long johns approximately 8 times. Brave, honest and sparkling with wit and humor, Unbound will take you on an unforgettable journey. Through her own journey, she prompts us to live truthfully. No laterals, no time-outs, no taking ball four. Hold on for an adventurous read. Five continents, four million vertical feet, and one woman in search of herself.
Dissatisfied with the passive, limited roles she saw for women as she was growing up, she emulated the men in her life—chasing success, climbing the corporate ladder, ticking the boxes, playing by the rules of a masculine ideal. Steph had seen this ski-lift sign countless times, but the familiar words suddenly became a personal call to shake off the life she had built and start a search for something different, something more.
For the next year, she followed winter up and down the mountains of North and South America, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand on a mission to ski four million vertical feet in a year. And it was through this journey of body and soul that she came to understand how to be a woman, how to love, and how to live authentically. Electrifying, heartfelt, and full of humor, Unbound is a transformative memoir—an odyssey of courage and self-discovery that will inspire readers to raise their own restraining devices and pursue the life they are meant to lead.
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The Happiness of Pursuit: Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Light Is the New Black: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Here's how restrictions apply. What made you decide to undertake this quest? At the top of the lift, I turned my head and saw a small blue sign, one I had seen a million times before: Raise Restraining Device I knew it right then. Halfway through my trip, I was WAY behind my goal. How did the quest change you? What advice would you give someone starting a quest? I bet there are some fun facts about all your adventures.
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Her honesty and advice really stuck with me. I finally got around to reading this book after reading far too many business books. This was a great galloping story with unexpected romance, grit, courage, and an on-your-knees snot-fest that was alarmingly familiar. I highlight many paragraphs as fodder for my journals and blogs. I loved this book!!! This book is so honest and entertaining. Even if you aren't a skier, there are a lot of takeaways from this book that we can all benefit from. But if you also happen to love skiing, then I rate this book a 7 out of 5.
Finally, a memoir about how we don't need to be in the muck of life, broken and in despair, to make a significant change. And the timing of this book couldn't be more perfect! Steph is an inspiration to anyone male or female who doesn't want to settle for mediocre. I laughed out loud and wanted to run out the door with a pair of skis in hand and a new sense of adventure into the world.